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Acceptability of Smoke From Prescribed Forest Burning in the Northern Inland West: A Focus Group Approach

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Abstract:

Focus groups were used to gauge tolerance of smoke from broadcast prescribed forest burning in the wildland-urban interface of the northern Inland West. Focus group participants worked through issues surrounding prescribed burning as a management tool to determine if the origin of smoke made a difference in the acceptance of that smoke. Participant responses across five different population sectors suggest that prescribed forest burning could be applied as a forest management tool with a well-informed public and that establishing and maintaining a dialogue with the public may be the most important part of any fire prescription.

Keywords: environmental management; focus groups; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; prescribed forest burning

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Former Graduate Student Department of Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University Room 115 Johnson Hall P.O. Box 646410 Pullman WA 99164-6410, Email: weisshaupt@mail.com 2: Professor Department of Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University Room 115 Johnson Hall P.O. Box 646410 Pullman WA 99164-6410, Email: carroll@mail.wsu.edu 3: Chair and Professor Department of Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University Room 115 Johnson Hall P.O. Box 646410 Pullman WA 99164-6410, Email: blatner@wsu.edu 4: President and CEO Robinson Research, Inc. 524 W. Indiana Spokane WA 99205, Email: mail@robinsonresearchinc.com 5: Project Leader North Central Research Station USDA Forest Service 1992 Folwell Avenue St. Paul MN 55108, Email: pjakes@fs.fed.us

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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